Entangled Roots & Branches of the Family Tree
According to Jung, psyche is not different from matter at the psychoid or psychophysical ground level. The psychoid nature of archetypes extends beyond a neurophysiological basis into the general dynamical patterns of all matter and energy.
The psychoid level of archetypes correlates with the heritable DNA biohologram. Expressive nature can be likened to epigenetics, heritable changes in gene expression that are not due to changes in DNA sequence. Every cell in the body has the same genetic information. Cells, tissues and organs differentiate when different sets of genes are turned on or expressed.
We exist in relation to ourselves, to others, to myths, to images, and to archetypes. Their expression is the essence of our being. The body is inescapably a relational body with the potential for overcoming the boundaries of flesh to perpetuate relationality and received wisdom (lucidity) even in the absence of material embodiment.
Quantum entanglement and nonlocality are models or metaphors for how we may actually remain connected. Our entangled pairs close the locality loophole. David Bohm suggested we have an almost universal tendency to fragment the world and ignore the dynamical interconnectedness of things. This is responsible for many of our problems, not only in science but in our lives and culture -- and in our relations with our own ancestors.
Genealogy can help bridge that interconnectedness gap. It is a field in which relationships operate -- a realm of conscious and unconscious cooperation represented by point to point networks of individuals, dead and alive. The sociality is not merely objective, because of our deep psychophysical involvement. Theory describes "Soul as Intersubjective Reality and Spirit as Interobjective Reality."
Genealogy is complex and requires a broad context -- an open value network with communication, non-control, open-access and value creation. It has its own space-time relationality. As relational selves we stand in intricate and intimate webs of connection with all those with whom we come into contact—whether human or animal, animate or inanimate.
Agents, relationships, and the field of relationality in which relationships occur close the objective-subjective loop with assertion and intentionality. Atomistic individualism is rejected for a relational self, a balance between individual agency and collective communion.
Genealogy can energize the relationships that mobilize action across different interwoven dimensions of relationality. It helps us organize ancestral incoherence and multiplicity. Our pathways of descent or family branches are like converging or parallel realities.
Relationality considers relationships the foundation of subjectivity, including the tangible and intangible beyond the boundaries of life/death in the absence of the corporeal or embodied other. Separation of families occurs by disappearance, miscarriage, migration, divorce and death.
Archetypal ideas can be correlated with fundamental physiological processes. For example, the union of opposites can be linked to the sympathetic and parasympathic systems - ergotrophic and trophotropic systems of arousal. The 'rein' effect is the emotional alchemy of our ecstatic and transcendent nature. One system, ergotrophic, energizes us; the other, trophotropic, tranquilizes us. The E-system is Yang, while the T-system is Yin. http://ionamiller.weebly.com/emotional-alchemy.html
Family members who have died are only 'relatively disembodied.' Bonds are not severed by death but continue in an interactive psychophysical relationship. Even after death attachments and continuing bonds remain apparent. Bereavement, depression, and symptoms are some examples.
Metaphorically, at least, quantum entanglement (relational entanglement) is mirrored in the twisted limbs of our ancestral branches, particularly the first 5-6 generations that connect us with the more widely shared World Tree. Actions performed on one affect the other, even when separated by great distances.
Despite our inherent relationality, a “crisis of nonrelation” often marks our psychic entanglements. What gets in the way and leaves us facing relationality’s pathological alternatives instead? What is it about our relationality that sees us forever tempted to disavow the very thing that makes us who we are?
Why do we tend to avoid our relationality in anxious pursuit of the narcissistic solace promised by solitary self-enclosure? Ancestral connection, attachment, and intersubjectivity is one way to overcome such tendencies with the interconnectedness of processes of individuation, relationality and affect. Relationality is shaped across global and local contexts by gender and generation, including aspects of emotions and embodiment.
Such radical decentering establishes a number of shifts that enable us to think in categories and concepts like the individual, the subject, the group, the threshold, relationality, co-implication and so on. Breaking with both subject-centredness and the individual as model or starting point is an epistemological shift. We can be part of an undivided whole and still possess our own unique qualities.
Singularity, rather than that of the individual, coupled to the standpoint of relationality enables us to think of the self — other, human—animal, nature— culture and human — world in terms of complex becoming. Intersubjectivity and interbeing incorporate a sense of the dynamic web of relationships that are constitutive for our being at a given moment.
Personal & Universal
The co-constitution of all life has major implications regarding responsibility for the other and responsibility for the world. Grounding in the standpoint of the temporality and historicity of being is our existential condition and circumscribes our relation to the other. http://bod.sagepub.com/content/16/1/129.abstract
Western societies presume death signifies an absolute loss of the other in the demise of their physical body. But we can recognize that embodied relational experience can continue after death, encompassing a ‘me’, a ‘you’ and an ‘us’. After death ‘me’ and ‘us’ remain (though changed) while crucial dimensions of ‘you’ persist too. Caring for the dead involves including them in the family, remembering them, and acting in ways they would approve. Imaginal dialogue provides comfort and guidance.
The binary divide between living and dead bodies mirrors other related dichotomies of mind/body, self/other, internal/external, and nature/social. Empirical and anecdotal research suggests that embodied relationality expresses how connectedness is lived out after death and/or disruptive transitions in material practices and felt experiences.
Research continues to imply that we are not just ontologically bounded units or entities. We don't just participate in relationships, but are constituted by them, especially those directly related to us. Embodied relationality includes caring after death. Family descent and history is one key dimension of categories of identity. Social membership and 'belonging' is another. Genealogy is framed by waves of mobility and intercultural history.
Ancestral home and place of origin is another dimension. The material landscapes of certain prehistoric lands are part of our heritage because our ancestors were there when it was being shaped. This is native belonging. Alternatives are settler presence, or collective displacement, shaped by long histories of migrations.
Spirits of the Ancestors
Entanglement is an instantaneous nonlocal connection at the quantal and subquantal level. Two or more objects or subjects can only be described in relation to one another even when widely separated. In quantum entanglement two particles can be intimately linked to each other even if separated by billions of light-years of space or time. This supermemory is a bizarre intersection of entanglement, information and time.
A change induced in one affects the other; unity of mind is achieved by quantum entanglement. Entanglement remains as long as neither has any significant interactions with other objects to break the entanglement. Particles of energy/matter can become correlated to predictably interact with each other. No signal is sent, no influence transmitted. But the fate of one embodies and reveals the fate of the other.
Unconscious images, beliefs, compulsions and physical symptoms can be the result of being entangled with family and ancestors. Unconscious entanglements with family members or ancestors play a significant role in our emotional conflicts, physical illnesses and spiritual distress. These entanglements also influence the way we cope with the challenges of growing up in our families.
Bizarre quantum bonds connect distinct moments in time, suggesting that quantum links -- not space-time -- constitute the fundamental structure of the universe. What happens now can be correlated with what happens later, in ways that elude a simple mechanistic explanation. In effect, you can have spooky action at a delay.
These strong temporal correlations between time and space are seriously counterintuitive. Not only can two events be correlated, linking the earlier to the later one, two events can become correlated so that it becomes impossible to say which is earlier and which is later. Each of these events is the cause of the other, as if each were the first to occur.
Once Connected Matter
It is a physical fact we contain our ancestral genetics and epigenetics and it remains a psychological fact, too. Further, Scientific American reports that "It is remarkable that it is so common for cells from one individual to integrate into the tissues of another distinct person."
We imagine ourselves as singular autonomous individuals, but these foreign cells suggest that most people carry remnants of other individuals, including absorbed twins. Male cells were found in the brains of women and had been living there, in some cases, for several decades.
An intriguing new study suggests children may resemble a mother’s previous sexual partner. The effect may be due to molecules in the semen of the first mate being absorbed by the female's immature eggs where they influence future offspring. The quantum level of interconnectedness between once-connected matter could explain the frequent stories of mothers knowing when something has gone wrong at a distance for their spouses, children. or siblings, and vice versa.
Politics of Belonging
Jung asks, not what childhood trauma creates a fixation, but what obstacle in the life path are we unable to overcome, and what is the cause of the regression? Our lives remain literally entangled with our immediate family and the souls, spirits, and issues of our ancestors. Our branches criss-cross continents, oceans, and culture wars. The lost or forgotten knowledge and secrets of our ancient ancestors, shapes the creative and moral future reality.
Quantum entanglement is a physical phenomenon that occurs when pairs or groups of particles are generated or interact in ways such that the quantum state of each particle cannot be described independently. Instead, a quantum state may be given for the system as a whole.
In a similar way we are entangled with the fate of our ancestors and carry their burdens. When the root of the problem is brought to light, we don't have to repeat the fate of our ancestors with whom we were entangled. Only when these indeterminate causal relations between events are pruned away — so that nature realizes only some of the possibilities available to it — do space and time become meaningful. Quantum correlations come first, space-time later.
Measurements of physical properties such as position, momentum, spin, polarization, etc., performed on entangled particles are found to be appropriately correlated. Schrödinger said, "I would not call [entanglement] one but rather the characteristic trait of quantum mechanics, the one that enforces its entire departure from classical lines of thought."
The psychological term for negative entanglement is enmeshment. Our ancestors reflect our dissociated and unintegrated personality facets. Its most positive expression is the unus mundus, the essential heart of the World Soul.
Family Constellations (a subset application of Systemic Constellations) is an experiential process of releasing and resolving profound tensions within and between people. The process diverges from conventional forms of cognitive, behavior and psychodynamic psychotherapy in several key respects.
Family Constellations attempt to reveal a previously unrecognized systemic dynamic that spans multiple generations in a given family. We can resolve the harmful effects of that dynamic by encouraging acceptance of the factual reality of the past, psychophysical transformation, and transcendence.